Staten Island VA clinic to open vaccination site for local veterans
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Borough veterans who are eligible for a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine can now get vaccinated at the Staten Island VA clinic, saving them a trip to the Brooklyn VA Medical Center.
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/South Brooklyn) announced the clinic, located at 1150 South Ave. in Bloomfield, will begin vaccinating on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Vaccination appointments will be available Tuesday through Thursday for high-risk veterans and those aged 65 and older. Appointments can be made by calling 877-877-9267. Appointments for second doses will be made at the same time.
Malliotakis said opening additional vaccine sites to accelerate the distribution process has been a priority of hers.
“By offering immunizations at the Staten Island clinic we’re saving veterans a trip to the Brooklyn VA Medical Center and the toll that goes with it,” Malliotakis said.
“I encourage veterans who are eligible and desire the vaccine to schedule an immunization appointment as soon as possible. The faster our community can be immunized, the faster we can reopen our economy, get residents back to work and reduce the number of fatalities,” she said.
Lee Covino, treasurer of the United Staten Island Veterans Organization said giving veterans the ability to get vaccinated on Staten Island is welcome news.
“Many Staten Island veterans – many of whom are frail and have difficulty traveling – have to take public transportation to the Brooklyn Medical Center in frigid temperatures. I hope veterans take advantage of this more convenient opportunity,” Covino said.
Vaccination appointments can also be made at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center for those who are interested; the clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.